The tenure of Chancellor Emeritus Bruce W. Bergland (1999-2010) marked a significant turning point for the arts at Indiana University Northwest. Dr. Bergland initiated a visual transformation and an intensified academic focus on the fine and performingarts at IU Northwest, making the campus a center of artistic and cultural expression in Northwest Indiana.
One of the largest public art projects in Northwest Indiana, the Shadows & Echoes Sculpture Garden represents the centerpiece of Dr. Bergland’s beautification program for the campus. Located in the Savannah Center courtyard, the garden featurespermanent sculptures created by acclaimed sculptor and Professor of Fine Arts Neil Goodman, with regionally inspired landscaping designed by landscape architect Cynthia Owen-Bergland. Other artworks complement the buildings and grounds at IU Northwest, including several distinctive paintings by renowned artist and Professor of Fine Arts David Klamen. Dr. Bergland also initiated the entryway project at 33rd Avenue and Broadway, which resulted in a decorous formal entrance complete with nighttime illumination.
Dr. Bergland’s outreach to the local arts community established strong partnerships between IU Northwest and South Shore Arts, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and many other organizations. In 2006, Dr. Bergland and IU Northwesthosted the international conference “Drawing the Lines: International Perspectives on Urban Renewal Through the Arts.”
Academically, Dr. Bergland identified arts and culture as one of the university’s focus areas of excellence, thereby acknowledging those programs as among the finest in Indiana. In 2009, Dr. Bergland created the Chancellor’s Art Scholarship, which provides tuition support for students of the arts at IU Northwest.
Chancellor Emeritus Bergland recast the image of Indiana University Northwest as an aesthetically vibrant and culturally relevant center for higher learning in Northwest Indiana. Through his belief in the power of art to transform the visual and academic character of an institution, Dr. Bergland led the campus into the most successful era of its history and helped to create an enduring legacy of cultural discovery and artistic expression.